3 Law School Essential Skills You Need To Excel

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3 Law School Essential Skills You Need To Excel

As we get closer to the beginning of the law school year, we have lots of students who contact us asking us for preparation help. The majority of these students know about the large time commitment that law school requires. They come to us looking for ways to become more efficient with their time. As a result, we’ve compiled a list of the top three law school essential skills students need to excel. This list comes from our experience in law school, as well as our students’ experiences. 

3 Law School Essential Skills You Need To Excel

1. Learning to Use Case Briefs and Other Supplements

The first of our law school essential skills that students must learn before entering law school is learning how to use case briefs and other supplements to speed up the reading process without losing any important information.  

We’ve written about how to read law school cases previously, so we recommend checking out this post for additional help.  By decreasing the time you spend reading cases, you can spend additional time working on their outlines and/or practicing exams.  Additionally, by becoming more efficient reading, you can learn to ignore unnecessary information. This allows you to focus on the key details in cases.

2. Learning to Efficiently Outline

Outlining is one of the most important tasks in law school. Learning how to outline is a pivotal part of our law school essential skills. Students are often told when they start law school that a good outline is priceless.  Creating an outline can initially be a daunting task. However, developing a good outline early on and maintaining it will save you a lot of time and headaches.  If you’re wondering how to create an outline, you can read these posts which include law school outline tips and a template and an in-depth guide on how to write a law school outline. The biggest piece of advice we can give you is to start outlining right away so that you can improve your outlining skills!!

3. Learning How to Take Practice Exams

The last of our law school essential skills that students need to excel is to learn how to take practice exams.  Some students are not aware that certain professors make their previous law school exams available for student use.  You should ask where to get these exams early on. Then, make sure that you have access to them when you are ready to take practice exams.  By using practice exams and your outlines, you can identify areas you struggle with prior to the final exam.  This is the absolute best way to prepare for the final exam and feel more comfortable with test taking.

If you’re unsure on how to take a practice exam, you can check out this post which has a step by step guide.

Interested in law school tutoring or assistance?

If you are interested in an in-depth course that goes over how to succeed in law school, please consider signing up for our law school preparatory course or utilizing our law school tutoring services if you need help while you are in law school.

If you are interested in tutoring for law school exams or learning more about how to answer law school exam questions, please  visit our law school tutoring page here or click here to contact us. We offer sessions both online and in-person in our office in Birmingham, Michigan. We provide outline assistance, feedback on exam questions, and also one-on-one assistance in tackling an exam question. In addition, we are very flexible about scheduling sessions — some students just meet with us once to go over an exam; some students meet with us multiple times to reviewing substantive law, outlining, and exam-taking strategies!

Ashley Heidemann is the owner and founder of JD Advising. Ms. Heidemann scored over a 180 on the Michigan Bar Exam in February of 2011 after graduating as the #1 student in her law school class of over 200 students in 2011. She, as well as a team of others, offer bar exam courses, seminars, and private tutoring for bar exam students nationwide. This includes services for the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) and Michigan bar exam.  Please click here to contact her company, with any questions.

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